What the future holds for the Hybrid Cloud?
Many companies have readily accepted the cloud as the way forward. Organizations already having a private or public cloud solution(s) have started to realize the importance of having the best of both worlds. Not only, do they want to save costs through pay-as-you-go pricing models (public cloud), but they also want a higher security for mission-critical applications (private cloud). Brings us to the question, what the acceptance of a hybrid cloud model mean for business enterprises in future?
Though, it will take some more time for companies to shift critical workloads to the hybrid cloud environment, future trends clearly indicate a preference for hybrid cloud computing. In fact, Gartner has predicted that almost 50% of the larger organizations will have embraced hybrid cloud models by the end of 2017.
IDG Research surveyed IT and business executives about the importance of digital transformation, its goals, and how to achieve them, and found that hybrid cloud computing, including two or more of a data center, a public cloud, a private cloud and a managed private cloud, is the future of enterprise IT. While 83 percent use or will use hybrid cloud environments, 88 percent believe hybrid capabilities are important or critical to enabling digital business transformation.
Starting with a private cloud model for their IT infrastructure, enterprises have kept their options open for the future. For instance, a business enterprise decides to kick-start a pilot testing/development project on a robust technology foundation that provides room for expanding towards hybrid cloud interoperability.
Having said that, let us take a look at current and emerging trends and see why hybrid cloud computing is the future of IT.
The Key Benefits Of A Hybrid Cloud
One of the key benefits of a hybrid cloud is provisioning at a lower cost and high speed (as and when required functionality of the public cloud component). However, without proper management of provisioning and de-provisioning cycles, the cost element can rise significantly. A properly configured hybrid cloud solution changes the conversation between IT and the business as it shortens timeframes and expands possibilities.
“Enterprises that run significant workloads in hybrid environments find IT cost savings, which allows funds to be redirected to improve business outcomes, and are more likely to be ahead of their competitors in digital-ready infrastructure and digital business transformation. The average reduction in IT cost from hybrid cloud is 24 percent, according to the IDG study.”
Big Data And IoT
Data collection and data management happen at various levels in a business. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data poses major data management challenges for the IT department of any organization. Here, the hybrid cloud model can prove to be a real asset in fulfilling the demand for continuous data access, improved bandwidth, higher data storage, and better data computation abilities.
Time = Money
Business enterprises not keen on outsourcing spend huge amounts of money and time in the management of resources and services…in-house. Outsourcing the management of resources, infrastructure and support to third party cloud service providers can free up the enterprises’ internal resources to focus more on business specific issues. Agility to respond to changing business requirements is a key factor in speeding up the delivery of core technology services.
The hybrid cloud environment offers this ability, along with a good balance between resources managed on-premise and by outsourced service providers. It goes a long way to help enterprises save on time, money and in-house resources with an improved focus on the delivery of actual business value instead of IT services or infrastructure.
How Quickly Are Enterprises Moving To A Hybrid Cloud Platform…
Enterprises are slowly recognizing the fact that there is a difference between private cloud and public cloud. Private cloud can also be described, as mass virtualization of resources and this is the primary reason for many private cloud implementations not meeting their desired goals. Enterprises are turning to hybrid cloud, as a result, where they get a combination of private and the public model that enables them to innovate and iterate faster at a lower cost.
…And Are They Satisfied With A Hybrid Model
Using a private or public cloud is easy; however, mixing them to deliver a service can become challenging. For operating a hybrid cloud model, application, integration, and data architectures need to be revisited, sometimes tweaked, while other times overhauled. New tools for deployment, monitoring, and management are required. Additionally, IT teams must develop new skills to collaborate more closely. And beyond the technology stack, there are still tough lessons to be learned in compliance, operational support, and financial management.
The Future – What Does It Hold For Hybrid Clouds
Hybrid clouds are a stepping-stone in the transition of IT from a technology provider to a solution provider. With a hybrid cloud, companies can enjoy the privacy of a private cloud and the scalability and flexibility of a public cloud environment. Though there will be challenges and roadblocks, enterprises will be more open to adopting a public cloud – driven not only because of economic benefits and shared resources but also because of the flexibility and freedom to choose between multiple vendors. Cloud-dependent technologies, such as Internet of Things (IoT), real-time analytics, and collaboration, will continue to evolve the end-customer relationship, which in turn will require public cloud solutions to meet scale and time-to-market-challenges.
The stakes are high, as those who figure it out first will gain a significant advantage in agility, efficiency, and elasticity unshared by their market rivals. Now is the time to start plotting the path to the future and to move up the cloud learning curve.
Nitin Mishra heads the product management and solutions engineering functions at Netmagic Solutions. During his nine years with the company, he has been responsible for conceptualizing and packaging hosting and managed services focused on IT infrastructure requirements of Internet and Enterprise applications.